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Title: Chakras


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Chakras
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What is a Chakra Exactly?
  • Chakras are our energy centers. They are the
    openings for life energy to flow into and out of
    our aura. Their function is to vitalize the
    physical body and to bring about the development
    of our self-consciousness. They are associated
    with our physical, mental and emotional
    interactions.

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  • They are called
  • Root Chakra - Muladhara
  • Sacral Chakra - Swadhisthana
  • Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura
  • Heart Chakra - Anahata
  • Throat Chakra - Vishuddha
  • Brow (Third-Eye) Chakra - Ajna
  • Crown Chakra - Sahasrara

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Chakra Personality Test
  • Do not copy this slide!
  • To learn which chakras are especially well
    developed, which chakra is dominant, and which
    chakras may have blockages, you can take the
    following kinesiological and chakra personality
    test.

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Kinesiological Chakra Test
  • Find a partner and extend your left arm so that
    the palm faces downward and think of a very
    pleasant, enjoyable experience. Your partner will
    lightly press down on your arm and registers the
    muscular resistance. Recalling a pleasant
    experience will strengthen your muscles.
  • Next, think of an unpleasant experience and
    repeat the muscle test. The muscular resistance
    should be much weaker, since negative thoughts
    weaken the musculature.

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  • Once again, stretch out your left arm and place
    your right hand on one of your chakras. Your
    partner then follows the procedure described on
    the previous slide.
  • The stronger the muscular resistance, the
    stronger the chakra. Weakened resistance
    indicates weakness in the chakra.
  • If your partner can push down your outstretched
    arm with little or no resistance, then you likely
    have a blockage in that chakra.

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Chakra Personality Test
  • Respond to the statements on the following slides
    with YES or NO. Dont think about them too much
    your answers should be intuitive and spontaneous.
  • If youre unsure, chose the answer that first
    came to mind.

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  1. I generally feel in harmony with the universe.
  2. My intuition is quite well-developed.
  3. I express myself well in words.
  4. I feel emotionally connected with other people.
  5. I follow my gut instincts.
  6. I am full of vitality and joie de vivre.
  7. I love to be in movement and feel my own body.
  8. It is easy for me to meditate and find inner
    peace.
  9. I have good concentration.

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  1. I feel socially confident.
  2. I am deeply afraid of loneliness.
  3. Eating is one of the great pleasures of life.
  4. I know how to enjoy life.
  5. I almost never worry.
  6. I find it difficult to take the world seriously.
  7. I often think about the world and life.
  8. I can easily put my thoughts into words.
  9. Love is the most important thing in the world.
  10. I am at peace within myself and not easily thrown
    off center.

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  1. I am a very passionate person.
  2. I feel a deep connection with nature.
  3. My souls home does not lie in this world.
  4. I have intense, colour-filled dreams.
  5. I have many different interests.
  6. I have the desire to express myself artistically.
  7. I experience feelings mostly in my body.
  8. I am comfortable with intimacy and lust.
  9. I have a lot of confidence in life and the future.

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Which one do you identify with?
  • Root Chakra the grounding force
  • Sacral Chakra finding balance
  • Solar Plexus Chakra Self esteem
  • Heart Chakra - love
  • Throat Chakra voicing truths
  • Brow (Third-Eye) Chakra intellect and wisdom
  • Crown Chakra spiritual connection

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Muladhara (Root)
  • Root Chakra - Represents our foundation and
    feeling of being grounded.
  • Location Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Color Red
  • Element Earth
  • Emotional issues Survival issues such as
    financial independence, money, and food.
  • Healing Exercises
  • Stomping your bare feet on the ground. Remember,
    the Root Chakra is all about feeling "grounded."
  • Practicing Kundalini Yoga can open up your lower
    spine. Bridge Pose is another good yoga pose to
    try out
  • Healing Foods
  • Red colored foods (apples and beets)
  • Hot spices (Red cayenne peppers and Tabasco
    sauce)
  • Vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots)
  • Animal proteins (red meat and eggs)

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Muladhara (Root)
  • Acceptance
  • This chakra is the grounding force that allows us
    to connect to the earth energies and empower our
    beings.
  • Focusing one's attention on the colour of a
    cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help
    bring our energetic body "down to earth" and in
    alignment with our physical body when we find
    ourselves energetically fleeting or in other
    words....."spacing out."

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Muladarah (Root) cont.
  • We connect to the planet through our first
    chakra.
  • If we are balanced in this part of our body, we
    feel at home in our own skin.
  • Unbalanced can manifest in lower back pain!
  • Root Chakra Video

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Swadhisthana (Sacral)
  • Sacral Chakra - Our connection and ability to
    accept others and new experiences.
  • Location Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the
    navel and 2 inches in.
  • Color Orange
  • Element Water
  • Emotional issues Sense of abundance, well-being,
    pleasure, sexuality.
  • Healing Exercises
  • Pelvic thrusts
  • Cobra Yoga Pose
  • Healing Foods
  • Orange colored foods (oranges, tangerines)
  • Nuts (any kind)

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Swadhisthana (Sacral)
  • Try to visualize the Sunkist orange that has
    been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the
    orange red of an evening sunset when focusing on
    the second chakra.
  • This chakra often offers us the opportunity to
    lessen our "control issues" and find a balance in
    our lives.

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Swadhisthana (Sacral) cont.
  • This chakra is about desire, passion, duality
    polarities, movement, change, and creativity.
  • The energy of this chakra involves others. When
    it is well balanced and open, life is colourful,
    vibrant and meaningful.
  • Associated with the reproductive organs.
  • Sacral Chakra video

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Manipura (navel)
  • Solar Plexus Chakra - Our ability to be confident
    and in-control of our lives.
  • Location Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Color Yellow
  • Element Fire
  • Emotional issues Self-worth, self-confidence,
    self-esteem.
  • Healing Exercises
  • Kundalini Yoga, Boat Pose (image above)
  • Dancing. Shake those hips!
  • Healing Foods
  • Yellow colored foods (corn)
  • Grains and fiber (granola, whole wheat bread)
  • Teas (peppermint, chamomile tea)

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Manipura (navel)
  • This is the area which defines our "self-esteem".
    The personality that develops during puberty is
    housed in this chakra....otherwise known as the
    "EGO".
  • This intuitive chakra is where we get our "gut
    instincts" that signal us to do or not to do
    something

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Manipura cont.
  • It encompasses the entire digestive system
  • It is our source of energy it is the element of
    life.
  • A person with a strong navel center has control
    over their actions.
  • Energize using full yogic breath.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra

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Anahata (heart)
  • Heart Chakra - Our ability to love.
  • Location Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues Love, joy, inner peace.
  • Color Green/Pink
  • Element Air
  • Healing Exercises
  • Bikram Yoga
  • Love, love, love. Simply opening up our hearts to
    others is the best healing exercise to open up
    the Heart Chakra.
  • Healing Foods
  • Green colored foods (leafy vegetables, spinach)
  • Green tea

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Anahata (heart)
  • This love center of our human energy system is
    often the focus in bringing about a healing.
    Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great
    truth.
  • Learning to love yourself is a powerful first
    step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The
    "wounded child" resides in the heart chakra.

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Anahata cont.
  • The heart chakra is the home of compassion, which
    breeds kindness.
  • Imbalance can lead to becoming overly attached to
    some object of affection.
  • Can be related to negativity, fatigue, tension,
    anger, insomnia and heart disorders.
  • If youre not loving yourself, you wont be able
    to love others.
  • Heart Chakra Video

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Vishuddha (throat)
  • Throat Chakra - Our ability to communicate.
  • Location Throat
  • Color Blue
  • Element Sound
  • Emotional issues Communication, self-expression
    of feelings, the truth.
  • Location of our Throat Chakra Throat
  • Emotional issues affecting our Throat Chakra
    Communication, self-expression of feelings,
    speaking the truth, holding secrets.
  • Healing Exercises
  • Shoulder stand (see above image)
  • Singing, chanting
  • Healing Foods
  • Juices and teas
  • Fruits (all kinds)

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Vishuddha (throat)
  • This chakra is our will center. We speak our
    choices with our voices (throats). We have all
    experienced that "lump in our throats" when we
    are at a crossroad of not knowing how to speak
    the right words in any given situation, perhaps
    even stuffing our own emotions.
  • A challenge of the throat chakra is to express
    ourselves in the most truthful manner. Seek only
    the truth.

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Vishuddha cont.
  • The gateway between the head heart learn our
    authentic voice what we are meant to say to
    the world.
  • Imbalance can lead to arrogance, self-righteous,
    talk too much or not enough and addiction as well
    as throat inflammation, ear infections, etc.
  • Speak the truth with compassion.
  • Throat Chakra video

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Ajna (Third-eye)
  • Third Eye Chakra - Our ability to focus on and
    see the big picture.
  • Location Forehead between the eyes. (Also called
    the Brow Chakra)
  • Color Indigo
  • Emotional issues Intuition, imagination, wisdom,
    ability to think and make decisions.
  • Healing Exercises
  • Child's Pose or other types of yoga poses with
    forward bends.
  • Eye exercises.
  • Herbal oil treatment (see above image).
  • Healing Foods
  • Purple colored fruits (grapes, blueberries)
  • Chocolate
  • Lavender flavored spices or tea

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Ajna (Third-eye)
  • It is also often referred to as the "third eye"
    or the "mind center." It is our avenue to wisdom.
  • Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or
    delusions is in connection with the healthfulness
    of this chakra.
  • This is where your intellect overrides the heart.
  • Intuition is related to the third-eye

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Ajna cont.
  • The pituitary gland is located here. It is
    responsible for the secretion of serotonin which
    is a major factor in the health of our emotional
    lives.
  • It is here that we start to move into thought and
    spirit.
  • Imbalance can lead to difficulties with the brain
    and ears, pain, agitation and psychic exhaustion.
  • Third Eye Chakra video

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Sahasrara (Crown)
  • Crown Chakra - The highest Chakra represents our
    ability to be fully connected spiritually.
  • Location The very top of the head.
  • Color Violet/White
  • Emotional issues Inner and outer beauty, our
    connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
  • Healing Exercises
  • Meditation
  • Running or cardio
  • Healing Foods Since the Crown Chakra represents
    our spiritual connection to our surroundings,
    this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods.
    The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from
    breathing clean and fresh air and sunshine.

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Sahasrara (Crown)
  • We use the seventh chakra as a tool to
    communicate with our spiritual nature. It is
    through this that the life force is dispersed
    from the universe into the lower 6 chakras.
  • Call it a spiritual connection or communicator.
    This chakra is often pictured as a lotus flower
    opening to allow spiritual awakening in an
    individual.

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Sahasrara cont.
  • This chakra rules not only the brain itself, but
    all the major systems of the body (nervous,
    skeletal, circulatory, etc)
  • Gateway to enlightenment.
  • Imbalances in this chakra have been associated
    with migraines, depression, baldness, dandruff,
    parasites.
  • Crown Chakra video
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